John Wilkinson, The Keil Centre
This paper assesses the usefulness of applying the concept of High Reliability Organisations (HROs) to the chemical and allied process industries. Relevant major accidents are reviewed e.g. Esso Longford, the UK BP Grangemouth refinery incidents through to Buncefield and Texas City itself. A recent UK Health and Safety Laboratories (HSL) review of HRO theories is reviewed and updated.